(over here there will be the two big weddings- July with Albert & Charlene and April with Will & Kate )
A new year has started.
What resolutions have you made for this new year? Have any been broken?
Are intension's are so noble, but the follow through is not always the same. Have to say I am still on track. Why, because I did not make any resolutions. Easy-peasy that way.
We started the new year with a simple lunch with friends. I had tried to make the baeckhoeffe ( last months recipe with new added comments on the recipe) for lunch. Although the baeckhoeffe was not perfect, it was a nice relaxed afternoon with friends.
Keith passed by Premeaux-Prissey one day and stopped to say hello and a Happy New Year to Bertrand. Bertrand mentioned that he had a group of Americans coming through for wine tasting and dinner the next week and that we should come too. So of course we did.
About mid-month I went with Marie Therese to a hippodrome above Chenove. It is only about 10km from here. Her cousin's daughter (age 4) had her pony lesson that afternoon. It was entertaining to watch these very young children bounce around on these little ponies.
Small ponies, but so are the children. So cute
On the 15th of January we had a wonderful warm day. I was more than a little impressed at the color of the grass, so I took a photo while on my walk.
Look at the grass - Jan 15th 2011- SO GREEN
The next day the fog moved in. In the morning it was hard to see beyond out back fence. The fog was thick and showed no signs of lifting. Keith and I both wanted to go for a walk, so we decided that maybe the parc at the top of Mont Afrique just might have some sun . Mont Afrique is above Perrigny-les-Dijon. The foot of the Mont is about 7km from our house... They have just finished re-making the road going up through Marsonnay la Cote, and it is much better. Mont Afrique is so named because Julius Caesar had put his African troops at the camp on the top. It was true, we had sun at the top. However walking through the parc, we were soon in fog again.
Fog in the Parc
Cadole or Cabotte
Busy with my clubs again. Clubs usually have a night for Galette des Rois to celebrate the Epiphany ( Jan 6th). The Galette des Rois is a buttery-flakey pastry with almond creme in the middle. Not a bad way at all to start the new year. It is also the time for the annual photo of the club members.
( photo here: Photo Club members in costumes ).
Now, it has now run for a couple of weeks...YEAH. But back to photo club, I lost a couple of valuable weeks that I should have used to select and work on 3 photos. Well the long story-short, I quickly picked 3 photos (theme is trees) and set them up for printing. I got them back on Jan 26th ( due the 27th)...whew....even in retirement there are deadlines. I guess there were other photos, I could have done some things with these photos, but there was not time for any of that.
Lots going on this year. I am also on the Archives committee. We are pulling lots of documents and these need to be archived. So first; a registration program so we know what we have and where it is located (using Access right now) and then looking at on line digital achieving.
I am going with hedge hog ( prefer that to thinking it is a rat). Great little worker
The main ingredient must be fresh. This recipe takes only minutes to prepare, and is so good..
- One fresh cooked beet ( hopefully you can buy these in the market, please do not use canned)
- 1 or 2 ounces roquerfort cheese ( how much do you want?)
- Olive oil - 2-3 teaspoons
- Chopped flat parsley 1 Tablespoon
- Peel the beet* and cut into small cubes or julianne if you prefer
- Warm the beets in a pan or microwave (I often use the microwave)
- Drizzle a little olive oil over the warm beets and sprinkle lightly with salt ( check how salty the cheese it before you salt the beets). Add a tablespoon of chopped parsley
- Mix carefully
- Crumble the cheese over the top and take a whiff as it starts to melt a little
- SERVE IMMEDIATELY